Saints get the job done
AUSSIE RULES: It may have not of been a win of conviction.
But at least, like good teams do, BITS Saints did what it had to do and that's to beat fellow finals-bound side Rockhampton Panthers.
Dominant first and third quarters helped set the visiting Saints' 11.8 (74) to 6.10 (46) win and injured playing coach Jake Mostert said some niggles came into play late.
"I was pleased with the first three quarters and I thought we really got on top of them," he said.
"We had a couple of niggles there with a few blokes - Jack Grainger, Danny Clay, Steven Pugh - and they ended up going to the bench in the last quarter."
This meant rotations were limited as the Panthers put some respectability on the scoreboard.
Mark Jensen led the way in defence with his precise decision-making and disposal while Trent Millar impressed again in defence and midfield.
Mostert said it was a bonus to have Millar with an extra string to his bow.
"He rotated through the midfield because we were missing Danny Conway and 'DC' (Danny Clay) with a niggle with an ankle," he said.
"He ran hard and used his pace, got caught a couple of times holding the ball, but you get caught twice, you don't get caught the other 10 times.
"He's just such a jet and he breaks defensive lines and he's just hard at it."
Fellow youngster Ryan Shanks drew praise.
"He's just getting better every week and growing in confidence and getting a few more touches," Mostert said.
"He probably had about 15 touches and laid about three or four really good tackles."
Tall forward Ky Hull booted three goals while Brendan Clarke and Connor Russell added two each.